HEADLESS YET SO SMART
In the modern world, headless CMS has been gaining more and more popularity. No wonder why! It does have some obvious advantages. We are going to cover them in this post.
At LADevelopers we have been successfully using headless CMS to implement our customers’ projects. You may have a look at some of them here: whisper.ai, davincimarble.com
For both of these projects, we used Gatsby as a front-end technology. WordPress and Strapi were used as the headless CMS for them, respectively.
What is headless CMS, in a nutshell?
It is a system that provides you an opportunity to regulate the content of the whole set of business apps that you own, from one single place. Do you have a website or an Android app or an IOS app or another? No problem, all your needs can be covered by headless CMS!
Headless CMS is actually called so, because it consists only of the back end, or 'the body' of your system, while the graphic part, or 'the head', is the front-end app's concern.
Headless CMS' goal is storing and updating data, in most cases.
What advantages of headless CMS do we enjoy in our work?
1. Headless CMS provides a simpler way to manage your apps. It can be a challenge to edit your data if you are a user of a monolithic CMS who owns more than one front-end application. In this case, you would have to make changes separately in every app, one by one. This is not only time-consuming but also increases the chance of discrepancies between your sources in case of human mistakes.
Let’s imagine that you run a pizza delivery service, and you reach your clients through a website and a mobile app. Some day your contact information changes, and you need to adjust it in both sources. Without headless CMS you would go to your website first, and make adjustments there. Then you go to your mobile app and repeat the same procedure there. The chance of a typo double in this situation. Not to mention hardships with editing more than two apps!
With headless CMS you do that in one simple step. All amendments that you make in your admin panel are automatically applied to every app of your set.
2. Headless CMS is platform agnostic which means that it can integrate with any kind of front-end application.
3. Headless CMS is time-saving, it saves developers' working hours.
4. Headless CMS provides increased security of data. This results from being placed on a different server and owning a different domain than the front end does. It makes it more difficult for an intruder to find the right server and hack it.
Headless CMS vs Traditional CMS
Traditional CMS: Slower
Headless CMS: It is designed to be fast.
Traditional CMS: Less when you include hosting.
Headless CMS: More cost-effective (no hosting costs).
Traditional CMS: Hard to scale.
Headless CMS: Easy to share through different platforms.
Traditional CMS: Difficult to customize and has limitations on flexibility.
Headless CMS: Easy to customize and very flexible.
Traditional CMS: ReqA traditional web server is easy to hack.
Headless CMS: Backend issues don't affect the frontend.
Traditional CMS: The back end is connected with Frontend.
Headless CMS: The back end is run independently.
A Headless CMS is the right decision for bigger projects w
here you’re prioritizing unique user experiences with different digital platforms and more complex features. In cases where you’re working on just a small company website and the same all-around look and feel, it’s more effective to use a traditional CMS.
Having any questions?
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